Water restriftions are not unusual in Oklahoma, at least not in the summer. But winter problems are rare yet Oklahoma City finds itself in that very sitution this morning.
“What we’re asking people to do is begin outdoor watering use restrictions as quickly as they can” Marsha Slaughter told KFOR news in Oklahoma City. Slaughter is the OKC Utilities Director and she hasn’t seen it like this in her career “we think we’re seeing a drought that’s similar to the drought of the 1950’s” she commented.
The lack of rain has many of the lakes near the state capitol nearly dry. Cathy Carlson is the manager at Canton Lake “It’s going to go so low that it’ll be the second lowest pool that we’ve ever experienced” she said as she looked at the expanding shoreline. Canton feeds several other lakes like Overholser and Hefner, that has further pulled down its level. “If we go lower it’s going to be a small body of water left” she finished.
“This is a sign of the times, this is what happens when you have drought” said Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus. He told News Channel Four these dry conditions have stretched over several seasons. “I don’t know if we’re in the middle or the end but we are in a multi-year drought.”
The rationing is on the odd/even system. That means addresses ending with an odd number can water on odd days and vice versa.
Any city or town using Oklahoma City water is affected as well. That means Norman, El Reno, Mustang and even Tinker Air Force Base will have to conserve as well.